Pact's mission is to help build strong communities globally that provide people with an opportunity to earn a dignified living, raise healthy families, and participate in democratic life. Pact achieves this by strengthening the capacity of grassroots organizations, coalitions and networks and by forging linkages among government, business and the citizen sectors to achieve social, economic and environmental justice. Pact is a leading facilitator of leadership and organizational development for both nascent and established NGOs, networks and intermediary organizations as well as local and national governments and businesses. Through training, technical assistance, mentoring and direct financial support, Pact strengthens organizational and institutional capacity to further development goals.
At the same time Pact encourages the establishment of permanent ties to grassroots communities and cooperative but equal relationships among donors, government and business. Typically Pact programs promote innovative, locally defined development approaches, increase the effectiveness of NGOs in implementing such schemes, mobilize financial and technical resources that increase grassroots influence on public opinion, and empower local leaders to emerge and gain recognition as valid participants in public life. At the heart of Pact's organizational development approach is the concept of teamwork, a natural extension of two guiding principles that characterize all Pact programs-participation and partnership. Pact's local partners share in Pact's values and demonstrate a strong commitment to development goals as well as a capacity to grow organizationally. Pact is experiencing comprehensive growth in Africa.
New initiatives in Malawi and Namibia complement ongoing programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Throughout Africa, as elsewhere, building sustainable organizational and institutional capacity is central to Pact's efforts. Program emphases span diverse development issues fundamental to national development and the promotion of participatory, transparent and accountable practices at all levels of society. Sectoral issues include livelihoods , nonformal education, peace building, literacy, village banking, care of orphans and abandoned children, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, democracy and human rights, information knowledge management, and natural resource management.